Keith T. Butler


Materials Hipster is a series of regular interviews from the bleeding edge of materials' research. A hand chosen group of researchers answer single origin, small batch questions, providing artisanal answers to keep you two steps ahead of the next big thing.
  • January 12, 2020

    Materials Hipster #8: Olexandr Isayev

    Olexandr (Oles) recently moved to Carnige Mellon University, Pittsburgh. Oles is the guy I blame for getting me into machine learning - we met when we were both teaching a summer school in X'ian and over street-side clams and beer Oles preached the potential of data driven approaches to materials science and converted me. It's fair to say he has been one of the pioneers in this field with seminal works on representations of crystal structures , generative models and active learning to name a few. I caught up with Oles when he was visiting the UK last summer and we had a great chat over X'ian noodles and cocktails in London!

  • August 10, 2019

    Materials Hipster #7: Laura Ratcliff

    Laura tells us how she finds time to program next generation materials modelling code, while playing the harp and writing a novel.

  • June 30, 2019

    Materials Hipster #6: Piero Canepa

    Piero talks about all that's hot in battery materials and his fascination with buses and quasiparticles.

  • November 17, 2018

    Materials Hipster #5: Martijn Zwijnenburg

    Martijn talks about how AI and co-polymers can change chemistry and has a melancholic lament about the decline of Phil Mag.

  • July 14, 2018

    Materials Hipster #4: Kim Jelfs

    Kim tells us why she loves carbon, hates the d-block, what's cool in computational chemistry and the difficulties of being vegetarian in Lyon.

  • June 23, 2018

    Materials Hipster #3: David Scanlon

    David tells us how he loves a good lone pair, why Phil King is the king and where to find the best mashed potatoes on earth.

  • June 02, 2018

    Materials Hipster #2: Aron Walsh

    Aron talks hybrid-halides, Marshall Stoneham, his film career and the worst thing he's ever put in his mouth.

  • May 15, 2018

    Materials Hipster #1: Anna Regoutz

    Anna tells us why toxic materials are the best, her favourite Nicola Spaldin papers, and gives some top botonical garden tips.